Penguin Bloopers

While spending nearly a year filming for BBC’s Penguins – Spy in the Huddle, the crew managed to catch some rather adorable blooper footage. Much of it was done with the use of spycams made to look like penguins themselves so the birds would feel relaxed and free to do their normal penguiny things – which, according to this video, involves a lot of falling down and various other penguin fail.

Car vs Car Paintball Duel? Yes Please!

These two RS 4 Avants from Audi go at it in a head-to-head paintball match complete with paint grenades. Take that, action movie car fights – an actual car fight.

I love viral advertising. Any time a company does something like this that’s out-of-the-box and designed to entertain and get people talking it makes me extremely happy that brands connect with the 21st century and how my generation thinks. This shows the car’s abilities off without being just a standard commercial.

“Evolution of Mom Dancing” with Michelle Obama and Jimmy Fallon

FLOTUS Michelle Obama wants to encourage kids to get up and move, and in this video she and Jimmy Fallon want to inspire parents to get up and boogie with their kids! A spoof on the viral “Evolution of Dance” video, they get down with some cliché “mom dances”.

Moms shouldn’t feel too picked on; last June, Fallon had a segment on his show called the “Evolution of Dad Dancing” in honor of Father’s Day:

“Shine Brighter” Mashes Top 25 Pop Songs of 2012

Every year since 2007, DJ Earworm has created a mashup of the top pop songs in a series called “The United State of Pop”. He weaves the lyrics to create an entirely new song, and 2012’s hits became “Shine Brighter”.

MP3s of the mashups are available for free on his website, You can also find the videos on YouTube. Here are a few of my favorites from past years:

Composed by computers, performed by man: “Hello World!”

“Hello World!” from the album Iamus is a piece generated using “melomics” and then performed and recorded by human classical musicians. From Wikipedia:

Melomics applies an evolutionary approach to music composition, i.e., music pieces are obtained by simulated evolution. These themes compete to better adapt to a proper fitness function, generally grounded on formal and aesthetic criteria. The Melomics system encodes each theme in a genome, and the entire population of music pieces undergoes evo-devo dynamics (i.e., pieces read-out mimicking a complex embryological development process). The system is fully autnomous: once programmed, it composes music without human intervention.

What do you think of the piece? Can computer-generated musical scores ever have the same impact as those composed by humans?